FACE, the Forest Advisory Consortium, is looking forward to the future with a range of opportunities for forestry businesses, social enterprises and land managers.
FACE members are working with companies across England who are investing in new facilities and equipment to help them identify and secure funding through a number of programmes, including LEADER. LEADER is delivered via 63 Local Action Groups, and has 6 priorities of which one is ‘Increase Forestry Productivity’. Funding is available at up to 40% of the total cost for a variety of equipment – new and secondhand – including:
- firewood processors,
- mobile sawmills,
- timber seasoning buildings
As well as funding, FACE can advise on market research, promotion, business structures and technical issues such as setting up woodfuel supply chains. Businesses that are interested in discussing how FACE could support them should contact their regional advisor found at www.forestryace.eu or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org